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Old 06-17-2011, 02:09 PM   #1
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:42 PM   #2
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Old 06-18-2011, 05:48 AM   #3
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Fortunately, fireflies still are fairly abundant here - on some evenings, they put on quite a show!
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:16 AM   #4
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If you read the comments from the participants, you'll find they are from a good number of different states. There is some interesting material here, not least of all the replies from the participants.

Here in Northeastern Mass, at least in my neighborhood, this is a very poor year for fireflies. It's been a very wet year (Tuesday we had 3 1/2 inches of rain in 1 1/2 hours.) My basement got wet!!

How are the members here finding it for fireflies this year??

In the initial post of this thread, the link explains how to observe and how to understand what you are observing. The following link documents participants reports.

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Old 07-08-2011, 12:31 PM   #5
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I wanted to get involved, but have had a crazy couple of weeks.

I did enjoy seeing their sporadic flashing for about a week or two before the Fourth of July (I always associate them with appearing around that day.) Just a couple of nights ago, I sat out on the swing and just watched.

Not sure how they compare to past years...something I'll try to pay more attention to in coming years.
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Fireflies have been flashing here in NC for months already, so I suspect it is too late for me to join this year, although I have flagged it for next year.

This year has been much better than last year for fireflies. Last year was much drier, and they need the humidity as well as the heat in order to flash (which is why, in general, there are not any in California and the western states). I haven't tried to figure out species from the flashes before, but may try now that I have the information. I wonder if my mosquito repellent (which is essential to wear in the evening) will chase them away as well? Oh well, I don't have to get that close!
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:48 PM   #7
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Fireflies have been flashing here in NC for months already, so I suspect it is too late for me to join this year, although I have flagged it for next year.

This year has been much better than last year for fireflies. Last year was much drier, and they need the humidity as well as the heat in order to flash (which is why, in general, there are not any in California and the western states). I haven't tried to figure out species from the flashes before, but may try now that I have the information. I wonder if my mosquito repellent (which is essential to wear in the evening) will chase them away as well? Oh well, I don't have to get that close!
Ironically enough, though this has been a wet year, I see almost no fireflies! Of course, I have neighbors who mow twice a week whether it's needed or not. I too, may have some responsibility for their paucity here, as I have smothered so many areas with cardboard and mulch that I may have destroyed the larvae. I'm only speculating on this issue, though. Does anyone think that may have been a factor?? In past years I saw more fireflies, in spite of the fact that I have started a rather large meadow with all native plants.
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